Wednesday, May 01, 2013

City Daily Photo Theme Day, the Creative Artisan: St. Mary's Cathedral, seen on the Architectural Heritage Center, Northwest Sacred Spaces Walking Tour, Sunday, April 21, 2013

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West Transept Stained Glass Windows - The Four Evangelists

East Transept Stained Glass Windows - St. Patrick, The Blessed Virgin, St. Brigid and St. Dominic.

From the Religious Artworks Packet, available for download at

TRANSEPT STAINED GLASS WINDOWS The historical stained glass windows in the transepts are from the earlier cathedral built in 1885 and removed when that building was demolished after the great flood in 1894. They may even date back to an earlier cathedral from the 1870’s. After having served in the present church for seventy years, these windows were restored by Cummings Stained Glass Studio of North Adams, Massachusetts. Now that the side balconies have been removed, these two windows occupy places of prominence and are much more visible.

At the top of the left transept window (west) are images of the four evangelists. Above each head is their traditional symbol. A winged man for Matthew a lion for Mark, an ox for Luke, and an eagle for John. At the lower left is the image of Mary, the mother of the Word of God. At the lower right is St. Jerome who translated the gospels from their original languages into Latin.

Depicted in the right transept window (east) are St.Patrick, the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Brigid and St. Dominic. At the lower left is the image of a woman and child.

Found online at the Multnomah County Library's "The Historical Oregonian, 1861-1972," in an article from 10/01/1894: As many of the windows of the present Cathedral are valuable, and most of them donations, they will be placed in the temporary Cathedral for their better preservation and to give the place a more ecclesiastical and home-like appearance. It is the intention to replace the old Cathedral with a business block in the style of the section now being completed at Third and Oak streets. Just when the Cathedral will be torn down, is not known, but as the windows will be taken out within 60 days, it is safe to presume that the demolition of the building will not long be delayed."

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